On The Camino De Santiago in Portomarín, Spain

April 16, 2013 — 2 Comments

After a break that seemed to last longer than the fifteen minutes it really was, I mailed my postcard and tried to get my body moving again. Instead of being energized, I felt lazy, which was surprising because I had felt better before my two morning breaks. Along the Camino, Portomarín was clean, with many shops and cafés. One grocery store advertised bottles of wine that cost €.61 each. Amazing price, but amazing wine? Maybe I could use it later to rocket me up the hill. More likely, I would pass out under a giant chestnut tree and wake up the next day… From Page 179, Camino De Santiago In 20 Days. It was for that very reason, I didn’t drink alcohol during the day while I walked the Camino.

Now, I’ll continue my journey on the Camino de Santiago in Portomarín, Galicia. Even if you don’t have my book, you can still enjoy this post, and learn more about walking the French Way or Camino Francés (map from Wikipedia Commons).

On my last post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Mercadoiro to Portomarín, I gave a brief recent history of Portomarín, regarding the damming of the Río Miño, and creating the reservoir, Embalse de Belesar. I also showed these first two photos but now, let’s take a closer look at the structure across the bridge. As you can tell from this point, it only looks like stairs in front of you.

Rio Mino Bridge Portomarin Galicia Spain Camino de Santiago On The Camino De Santiago in Portomarín, Spain

 

Even from across the bridge, I couldn’t really see what was there until…

Roman Bridge Portomarin Galicia Spain Camino de Santiago On The Camino De Santiago in Portomarín, Spain

 

I walked to the side for a view of this amazing structure. This connected the old bridge and town of Portomarín to the hillside and the Camino. Nowadays, pilgrims climb the stairs, walk through the portal and up the hill, before entering the town.

Roman Bridge arch Portomarin Galicia Spain Camino de Santiago On The Camino De Santiago in Portomarín, Spain

 

Here’s a view from the bottom of the staircase.

steps Bridge Portomarin Galicia Spain Camino de Santiago On The Camino De Santiago in Portomarín, Spain

 

I stopped here for views of the Miño Valley and the Embalse de Belesar. I felt very lucky to be able to walk along this amazing structure.

Portal Bridge Portomarin Galicia Spain Camino de Santiago On The Camino De Santiago in Portomarín, Spain

 

The Camino follows a sidewalk with parkland on the right. I stopped for a break with more views of the Embalse de Belesar.

Embalse de Belesar Portomarin Galicia Spain Camino de Santiago copy On The Camino De Santiago in Portomarín, Spain

 

The 13th century Iglesia de San Juan has the largest single nave of any Romanesque church in Galicia. Amazingly, this was one of the buildings, once along the valley bottom, that was reconstructed, stone by stone, at the current townsite on the side of the hill. The interior wasn’t extravagant, possibly because it had been rebuilt fairly recently. From the outside, the focus of this fortress-like church is the rose window. Let’s take a closer look…

Iglesia San Juan Portomarin Galicia Spain Camino de Santiago On The Camino De Santiago in Portomarín, Spain

 

of course, the colors of the stained-glass don’t show from the outside but you can see some of the details.

Iglesia San Juan Rose Window Portomarin Galicia Spain Camino de Santiago On The Camino De Santiago in Portomarín, Spain

 

Across the plaza from the church, this is the Pazo del Conde de la Maza on the right and the main street that the Camino followed. This was the extent of the climb before descending back to another bridge over an arm of the reservoir.

Palace Portomarin Galicia Spain Camino de Santiago On The Camino De Santiago in Portomarín, Spain

 

The aforementioned advertisement for very inexpensive Spanish wine. No, I didn’t buy any.

Wine Portomarin Galicia Spain Camino de Santiago On The Camino De Santiago in Portomarín, Spain

 

A small park along the Camino, just outside of the downtown area.

Fountain Park Portomarin Galicia Spain Camino de Santiago On The Camino De Santiago in Portomarín, Spain

 

A good view of the Camino on the right and the bridge pilgrims crossed before climbing the hill on the left.

Embalse Belesar Portomarin Galicia Spain Camino de Santiago On The Camino De Santiago in Portomarín, Spain

 

A classic Galician track, although if you have followed my recent posts, you can tell the climate here is much drier than earlier in Galicia.

path Portomarin Galicia Spain Camino de Santiago On The Camino De Santiago in Portomarín, Spain

 

I hope you enjoyed this post as I’ll stop just as I began to climb from Portomarín. On my next post, On The Camino De Santiago in Spain, Portomarín to Ventas De Narón, I’ll take you through more Galician hamlets and countryside as we get closer to Santiago de Compostela. Please join me.

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 On The Camino De Santiago in Portomarín, Spain

About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

2 responses to On The Camino De Santiago in Portomarín, Spain

  1. Love these pictures. Have driven this route on a bus with a tour group, but definitely not the same experience. My husband plans to walk it with my grandson next summer, so we are following your posts with great interest.

    • Thanks for your kind comment. No, it’s definitely not the same by road. I remember walking the Camino del Norte last summer and having “pilgrims” in cars stop me and asked for directions to certain monuments. I even saw one car with two police escorts driving along a secluded rough stretch of the Camino one evening. I hope your husband and grandson have a safe an rewording journey. Thanks for following mine. :)

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